Lovers of the Yoruba genre of Nollywood movies are in for a double treat this Valentine’s season, as a new cookie has just been added to the jar. The new movie, titled ‘Oran Ife’ is Ultimate Communication’s debut Yoruba movie and is billed for a YouTube premiere on Yorubaplay come Friday, February 11.
‘Oran Ife’ (Love and Crime), directed by Abiodun Jimoh stars actors like Rycardo Agbor, Jide Awobona, Shushu Abubakar, Debbie Shokoya, Adeola Adeshina, Oyindamola Almaroof, and others.
It is a story of the crime of love that focuses on the dangers that love can bring. The film follows the encounter of two people who lost contact and accidentally met and reconnected. Their reconnection births a lot of unexpected twists and unending drama that culminates in a crime of passion.
Speaking on the timing of the release, Nollywood stalwart, and CEO Ultimate Communication, Seun Oloketuyi explained that “we are releasing the movie at this time because it is a love story that we feel should interest everybody for Valentine’s. The movie premiered Friday morning in preparation for the Val weekend, and I believe it is a season-appropriate movie.
“This is also our first time producing a Yoruba-genre movie and having put in so much effort to not only be at par but raise the bar, we are excited at the results. From what we have seen, it won’t be our last Yoruba film,” Oloketuyi stated.
Kizz Daniel Apologises To Fans, Promises Free Show On Friday
Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel, has apologized for failing to perform at a show in Tanzania on Sunday.
Daniel was arrested in Dar es Salaam on Monday for failing to perform at the show. Fans had earlier trashed the venue in anger at the non-appearance of the singer.
At a press conference on Tuesday night streamed on the show promoter’s Instagram page, #str8upvibes_, the ‘Buga’ crooner explained his side of the story, apologized, and promised a free show for Friday.
He said, “This Friday, a free show, by the way, I will be partnering with Straight Up Vibes to make that happen.
“I must apologize to the fans. None of this was intentional.”
Eniola Ajao Splashes 52m On ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ, Drags Sola Sobowale To Oyo Forest
Nollywood movie lovers are in for a big treat as Award-winning Actress and Producer Eniola Ajao has raised her game with the production of what many expect to be a masterpiece judging by the quality of minds on the project.
The just-completed project “Beast of two worlds – ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ” is the story of a powerful lady, ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ, who is both human and an animal.
She bestrode the forest at night, making lives difficult for hunters, killing and maiming some of them. She destroys crops and cripples the economy of the town.
The king, Towobola went into the forest to confront ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ, after an epic battle, the king and ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ reached a pact to marry each other with the hope that ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ would bear male children as all kids borne for the kings are females.
True to hope, ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ gave birth to a son but threw the boy, who is now the hope of the continuation of the lineage of the king into the fire.
The move led to twists and turns that made the plots of the movie entertaining, daring, and suspense-filled.
ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ features notable actors such as:
Yinka Quadri and a whole lot of other great actors.
Beast of two words “ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ” was directed by highly respected directors, Adebayo Tijani and Odunlade Adekola and respected Cinematographer Idowu Adedapo, the man who shot Wedding Party, King of Boys (1), Chief Daddy, Dear Affy, Oloture, and many other notable movies.
According to Eniola, “I am not sparing anything to make this movie a hit and it will surely hit the cinema this December”
Made Kuti Releases New Single ‘No More Wars’
Grammy nominee and Africa’s rising Afrobeat singer, Mádé Kuti, has released a new single entitled ‘No more wars’ via Partisan Records off his forthcoming album.
The single, which was composed, arranged, and authored by the young Mádé Kuti, was produced by GMK and Sodi Marciszewer, who recorded, mixed, or produced Fela’s last six albums.
Speaking on the release of ‘No more wars,’ Mádé says, “No More Wars is entirely about temper, control, and focus. It’s about experiences I’ve had that taught me to reflect intentionally before I react.”
Continuing, he said, “The lyrics are inspired by my father’s consistency in following his path despite dealing with an overwhelming amount of harsh, untrue, and deliberately cruel people inside and outside of his circle.”
The song features an impressive vocal performance from the multi-instrumentalist, who preaches the need to embrace peace and re-awakening of true values during trying times.
The young Kuti returns to the scene with the new single after the completion of the tour of the U.S. with his dad, Femi Kuti, and the Positive Force.
The record is coming after the success of ‘For‘e’ward, Mádé Kuti’s first album that was jointly released alongside his father’s album and titled Legacy+.
Mádé Kuti’s new music draws from a deep well and understanding of the insecurity and global wars and the Afrobeat storytelling tradition to fuse soulful Afrobeat chords, horns and voices in creating a unique sound that will be a hit among young and older Nigerians and international audiences alike.
With the release of this single and his forthcoming album, Mádé Kuti is set to once again remind Nigerians and his international audience of his lyrical prowess, vocal dexterity, and multi-instrumental abilities.
Over the years, this graduate of London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has been honing his musical prowess in the music industry – learning from his father and the legacies of his grandfather, Fela Anikulapo Kuti – before starting his Movement band to release his first album while still performing with his father’s Positive Force band.
“No more wars,” is now available on all streaming platforms
Praise for Mádé + ‘Legacy +’:
“Mádé Kuti is a one-man studio band…[he] merges the slow-simmering rhythm and implacable horn riffs of vintage Afrobeat with a looping, prismatic, multilayered production, doubling back toward psychedelia.” – New York Times
“Giddy and transcendent” – Paste
“With one listen through ‘Legacy +,’ it’s clear that the late Fela Kuti’s musical family tree remains both strong and fruitful.” – American Songwriter.
“A fresh take on the Afrobeat sound that Fela pioneered in the 1970s and ’80s. Made carries the torch for his family’s Black consciousness and activist politics.” – SPIN
“Throws Afrobeat to the future” – The Observer
“The dynasty continues” – Uncut (8/10)
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